Those of us born in the 1990s onwards have benefited tremendously from the services provided by the newest mobile technology. Transport has become so much easier with the advent of alternative taxi apps such as Uber and Lyft which you can use to conveniently call the closest available car to your location. International and domestic calls and messaging are easier than ever with Skype, Facebook and various chatting apps including WhatsApp, Line, WeChat and many more regionally dominant players. There are also plenty of entertainment apps available for us. If you are into taking selfies, there are applications that allow you to edit photos and countless games such as Candy Crush Saga can keep you from being bored. Avid smartphone app users have a lot to be content about. However, there is one perennial complaint….and it is the problem about the app size.

Despite all the daily conveniences offered, the annoyance of having to deal with messages similar to the above is real. The problem begins even before a smartphone user starts to download the app. Even on Google Play, the storage size is often omitted or replaced with ‘Varies with device’. This is a classic case of incomplete information. Many users are tempted to download apps without fully being aware of the amount of space one app will take. Afterwards, they are forced to browse through their application manager to delete unnecessary ones so that they have enough space to download apps that they actually need. Storage size of some of the popular apps may surprise some people. Facebook, Twitter and Skype stated that the size varies depending on the device, Uber takes 19M and Lyft does not provide any storage size information. Surprisingly enough, the game Walking Dead takes up staggering 223M.

The storage size problem persists after an app is downloaded. I was one of many people whose apps gets updated automatically by default. Although I wanted to opt out, many updates took place anyway. This meant that after a few months of downloading an app, the app started to take up much more space than you initially expected. For example, having been a fan of fantasy football apps, I realized my storage problem had a lot to do with these updates. After comparing the app size listed on Google Play and app size after install for fantasy football apps it is not hard to see that updates can severely bloat your app size. Regular updates can, at times, almost double the initial app size. This shows that smartphone app users almost constantly have to deal with the problem of app size and storage constraints.

This problem can be avoided, however, using file sharing apps. These are apps that allow you to quickly and easily transfer and share files including photos, videos and most importantly, apps. Instead of downloading apps from Google Play, these apps allow smartphones users to connect with other users and share different apps the other person may not have. For instance, if I want to get Evernote and my friend has it, my friend can simply transfer the app to me. What is great about this is that, it can bypass some of the problems related to app size.

Zapya’s Shared Record Page

One of the file sharing apps that had its storage size available on Google Play was Zapya . The first benefit of using Zapya is that you can clearly see how much storage space transferred apps take at least in APK form. This can allow smartphone users to have a better idea about relative app sizes before downloading them. Moreover, these apps can allow you to download previous versions of apps whereas only the latest version may be available elsewhere. Once you download apps from Zapya you do not get asked to update the apps. Hence, file sharing apps may preclude the stress of deleting updates or ‘de-bloating’ for those of us who only want to use apps’ basic functions. Finally, the big app sizes of some apps may deter us from downloading them while using mobile data but there is no such worry using file sharing apps such as Zapya. Even for bulky apps, the fast transferring speed will allow you to share apps in seconds. In addition, no mobile data or WiFi is required and all the sharing can be done for free. We will always have limited amount of storage space on our phones but a solution to storage related stress can be alleviated using these app-sharing apps.